Friday, February 13, 2009
2,500 plant lice with your pilsner?
Some maggots with those mushrooms? Rodent hairs? I probably shouldn't pose it as a question because chances are, you are already consuming a fair amount of rodent and insect filth thanks to the casual regulation of our food supply. In fact, according to E. J. Levy's recent Op-Ed in the NY Times, "...you’re probably ingesting one to two pounds of flies, maggots and mites each year without knowing it, a quantity of insects that clearly does not cut the mustard, even as insects may well be in the mustard."
For more about the stomach-turning contaminants deemed "allowable defects" by the FDA in their booklet: The Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans, definitely check out Levy's article.